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Soldier profiles

Name : DEAN, FRANCIS WILLIAM
Service Number : 3742 (VX93960)
Date of Birth : 14/12/1925
Place of Birth : KERANG, VIC
Known as : DINKY
Occupation on Enlistment :
Date of Enlistment : 16/12/1943
Locality on Enlistment : BENDIGO
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : DEAN, WILLIAM
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : LANCE CORPORAL
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 65 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION (BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION FORCES)
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : 2ND BEACH GROUP
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : BORNEO
Actions : BALIKPAPAN (BORNEO)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 10/11/1947
Date Died : 11/02/2005
Age at Death : 79
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : BENDIGO CEMETERY, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. SECTION LAWN 6. GRAVE 58461.
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (NO ENTRY FOUND),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   AWM_S02295,   AWM_CUN/60/0116/MC

Background : Above portrait is of 3/742 Staff Sergeant (S Sgt) Francis William (Frank) 'Dinky' Dean, of Bendigo, Vic, A Company 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), aiming his 9 mm Browning Hi-Power, semi automatic pistol as he prepares to fire off his unused ammunition at an outdoor range in Lasah, Northern Malaya. Unused ammunition issued to patrols is always fired off on return to base, and never reissued. High humidity and extreme heat causes ammunition to deteriorate rapidly in Malaya. S Sgt Dean enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 16 December 1943 and served with the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion until the end of the Second World War. After posting to 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion, he trained near Cairns (with the 2nd Beach Group) and in the Atherton Tablelands; landing at Morotai as a machine gunner and later at Balikpapan in 1945. Post war he volunteered for the newly-formed 65th Australian Infantry Battalion at Morotai for Occupation Force duties in Japan. He was a member of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in Japan until he served in Korea with 1RAR between 1952 and 1956. He was awarded the British Empire Medal as part of the New Years Honours list on 14 January 1960. After his Malayan service he served in South Vietnam with 1RAR between 1965 and 1966 and later, again with 1RAR between 1968 and 1969, seeing action at Fire Support Base Coral. S Sgt Dean was the longest serving member of 1RAR and was the guest of honour at the opening of the new Coral Lines at Laverack Barracks, Townsville in 2004. He died suddenly on 11 February 2005, aged 79 (AWM id. no. CUN/60/0116/MC). Died in Swan Hill, Victoria. Burial 18/02/2005.